On I Remember These

Besides the fact that technology is one reason the world has become smaller, many of us have seen much change right before our eyes. On the other hand, who knows what the young people today will end up seeing across their lifetime. After all, I recall driving around when he visited us at least 25 years ago, and out of the clear blue he said, “This is going to be some world in another 50 years.” I imagine he was reflecting on his time since 1925.

In my case, growing up in a rural part of Ohio helped delay the implementation of certain products and services, but here are some things from my past (and I’m sure I left out plenty of other good points).

I remember …

… Watching Howdy Doody

… The arrival of basic cable

… Drinking Fizzies

… Dialing Operator to make a local phone call

… Paying $1 and getting 3 gallons of gas

… The time when small town merchants thrived

… Mr Adams having no assigned homework because he knew we would be watching the Batman debut

… Elementary class taking time to watch the launching of the Mercury astronauts

… High school chemistry and physics classes requiring the use of a slide rule

… Doing computer programming on keypunch cards – that is with each line on a separate card and hoping never to drop them

… The transition due to Vatican II

… Stroh’s and Pabst Blue Ribbon being big-named national beers

… Watching a 1-hr version on Sunday morning (11 am) of the Notre Dame game the day before – and broadcast by the legendary Lindsey Nelson

… The first McDonald’s coming to the area and the sign including “x Millions Sold”

… The British music invasion

… Boxes of laundry detergent containing free glassware or towels

… Home milk delivery

… Burger Chef

… Receiving stamps (Green, Yellow, or Plaid) for grocery store purchases that were redeemable for merchandise

… Instrumental hits as Telstar, Popcorn, and Tijuana Taxi

… 1968 being the most turbulent year ever

… Airports having outside observation decks

… Stores closed on Sundays

… Teens wondering when they would get the car for the evening (as opposed to what car they get when turning 16)

Just a trip down memory lane for me and hopefully I stimulated your memory, so feel to add others.

On Two Time-tested Treats

Anyone can recall various products from the past that are no longer around or not easily found. Besides, the older we are, the more products we can recall. It just so happens that I recently encountered one of mine plus another classic treat.

On one of my trips to my hometown to deal with my dad’s estate, I stopped by get gas – and got an urge for an RC. (For those who don’t know, RC is Royal Crown Cola.) Well, no RC at the SE Ohio station surprised me – so I kept looking for what would fulfill my urge – and then, my eye caught something on the bottom shelf that I have not seen in years – a bottle of Ski. Then, while at the counter, I saw the all-new Peanut Butter Crunch Moon Pie.

The Double Cola Company introduced Ski in 1956 as an orange and lemon citrus carbonated drink. Moon Pie is much older as the brand by dating back to 1917. Ironically, both of these classics started in Chattanooga, TN.

By the way, both hit the spot as the snack I needed that day. I think Joe would approve.